WCSU honors Dr. John Murphy as 'Entrepreneur of the Year'
Macricostas award luncheon recognizes Danbury Hospital executive

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Dr. John Murphy addresses the crowd at the luncheon.

Dr. John Murphy, president and chief executive officer of the Western Connecticut Health Network, received the 2011 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Western Connecticut State University at a luncheon held on Oct. 5.

Murphy, a neurologist and Newtown resident, joined the Danbury Hospital administration as executive vice president in 2008 and became the hospital’s president and CEO in July 2010. Danbury Hospital reached an affiliation agreement with New Milford Hospital in October 2010 to form Western Connecticut Healthcare, Inc. ¬†Western Connecticut Health Network was formed by Danbury and New Milford hospitals and their related organizations to organize a coordinated network of providers, services and health care sites designed to ensure delivery of “timely, convenient and appropriate care for each and every patient,” the network website noted.

Murphy was honored at a luncheon in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the WCSU Westside campus in Danbury. Funding for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award is provided by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie.

As president and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network, Murphy’s responsibilities range from strategic planning and establishment of organizational goals to management of growth and financial performance of health care services. His position requires close collaboration with physician and nursing leadership at Danbury and New Milford hospitals to ensure that the network’s operational management supports mission objectives including quality care, patient safety and service excellence.

A native of New Jersey and recipient of a bachelor’s degree in biology at Fordham University, Murphy began his medical studies at Rutgers Medical School and gained election to the American Osteopathic Association, the national medical honor society. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and his residency in neurology at the New Jersey Medical School, where he also served as chief resident.

After moving to Danbury in 1989, Murphy entered professional practice in clinical neurology as a member of Associated Neurologists in Danbury, and also has been active in clinical research and medical education. He served for two decades on the medical staff of Danbury Hospital, including three years as president of the medical staff. He was a member of the hospital’s board of directors for 15 years, including a four-year tenure as board chairman.

At the time of his appointment as Danbury Hospital president and CEO in 2010, Murphy said he hoped to draw upon his experience as a physician in his new administrative role for the hospital and the emerging regional health care system.

“I’m still committed to serving patients, but I’m doing it in a broader context by working to provide high-quality medical care to the entire community,” he remarked. “Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of the community in partnership with those whom we serve. It’s the driving force behind everything we do.”¬†

Murphy has received numerous professional honors over the past two decades, including frequent citations in regional and national “Best Doctor” listings for his field as well as selection to receive the Melville G. Magida Award presented by the Fairfield County Medical Association. He currently resides in Newtown with his wife Nancy and their four children.



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